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I hope John-broecker picks up on this and can offer some information as to the year etc.Eric.It was hard to find a tune without the use of the slide other than Nursery Rhymes.
Slidemeister has been around for a long time and pretty much dedicated to chromatic harmonica. This site was sort of re-organized a while back with the owner of site having little to do with it. It is more eclectic in it's approach toward harmonicas and the style/songs/genre. Keith is now the only moderator for this site. Marcy will not be part of this site because of the vulgar spam that would hit the site sometimes. The moderator can delete it from the thread, but it stays on the home board when people happen on the home site. She had tried to get the owner to give moderators the ability to also delete that portion, but never got an answer. The Folk Harmonica board is dedicated to folk/old time harmonica in style and songs; predominately diatonic although a chromatic can be played in the old style for old time/folk songs. Audio files can be posted there via sites like soundcloud, etc.
I was wondering if there was some sort of problem between this website and the Slidemeister website. This site is certainly more popular for posting videos but it seems that you can't post mp3s or pictures without using a host site. I notice that Sarge also has a website, Folkharmonica, but I don't know whether you can post mp3s to it or not.
It seems to me that it would be a good idea to merge these sites into one and get the best of all worlds. I suppose there must be some sort of history here causing three almost identical sites to exist in parallel. It would be nice to know what that history was?
Wow, thanks for the detailed responses guys. John, don't worry, I won't throw the u-block in the trash, but if I'm going to have to learn tongue blocking anyway, there's no time like the present. Something about tools and toolboxes...
And Dezzy, thanks for the advice on blocking. I'm having a little bit more luck with it this morning, but it's still a ways off. Also, tongue blocking seems to be the most slobbery of the blocking methods. I have to shake out and dry off my harp a lot more often practicing.
Hi, Eric, to add them into a post, you will need them to be hosted at another website & then add the URL here, using the sixth from the left icon up above, in the second/text attribute row.
I think the ultimate problem with U;blocking is that it is a very easy thing to do but it leads you down a very narrow path.
It'd like learning to drive a tiny car with an automatic transmission...only in forward . You can master it quickly...but you'll never be a well-rounded driver.
Shaping a sound requires more advanced tongue and embouchure manipulation.
Thank you Keith,I wonder if you can help me? I want to post some photos of an early Harmonica,but don’t know how to do it.It is for john_broecker.
Thanks Sarge,I should have hung on to it until the last day of the month as Keith said.If I had done,I would probably forgotten it.Eric.
Welcome to the Harmonica Club. You have many new friends here.
Don't let the other members distract you. If you are satisfied with
U-block playing, keep doing it. It will only improve. It's the easiest
of the 3 basic single note techniques.
I've played with the U-block technique on all harmonicas, including
the chord and bass harps. U-block isn't only for beginners, and won't
slow you down, if you master the technique.
Tongue blocking and the pucker technique are more difficult to learn
for beginners.They have their advantages ove u-block, but U-block
is the easiest of the 3 types, and thebest technique for single-note
playing (at least for me).
Like you, I have trouble playing the tongue block and pucker, mainly
from lack of practice.
For me, the pucker is easiest for playing bends and overblows, even
chord bending. The tongue block offers octave playing (two notes played
together, an octave apart), tongue switching and chord shifting, techniques
not available with the U-block, a strictly single note melody technique.
Bends and overblows are available on any single reed per note harmonica,
with the use of tongue blocking, pucker or u-block.
As a beginner, you should concentrate on 1 of the 3 methods, but practice all
3 methods for the future. Professional harp players use all 3 methods intechangeably,
whichever is easiest to achieve the desired effects.
Petahpie, You got some tune there. Patience is what is lacking in many beginners. They have a few days blowing then give up. Lay the tongue over 3 or 4 holes blow gently so no air goes into the harp then squeeze the tongue over to the left so air comes out on right side of the tongue and sounds a note. Adjust so only one clear note sounds. Once you can do that slide the harp left or right until the next note sounds clear. That should have you in the right position. keep moving back and forth 1 hole, blow and draw. When you can do this try moving 2 holes. With practice you'll soon be able to pick up a harp and immediately sound 1 hole. Of course, you'll have trouble trying to play a song before you can find holes with tongue block or pucker.
Playing piano or guitar you can see where the fingers go. With the harp you cannot see so it needs practice and muscle memory will come in.
Petahpie don't get discouraged if not playing a song yet it will come. Think of your guitar. With practice, I would think you move from one chord to another without looking at your fingers. It comes.
Regarding that Idiots guidebook, there is about a whole years work in that, so take your time.
That's fair. To be honest I was mainly hoping I could sneak past learning proper tongue blocking, but I guess that's not to be. I'm hoping it's just a matter of playing around with it until I figure it out. Right now I can barely ever get it, and definitely not to the point where I can pick out a note, move to another hole, and pick that note out too. Just newbie problems... We'll see where I am after a couple weeks of tongue training.
Just In Time!!! Great song played very well and great ending.